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Faith Center International

A Division of MiraCit Development Corporation

Forty years ago, the Mock Road community was thriving. Business flourished, new homes were built, homeownership was encouraged, and the area was perceived as safe. Then, like many inner-city neighborhoods, the area experienced job and population loss due to suburban flight; became void of business investment and capital resources; its existing housing stock deteriorated; and, the area became a haven of crime.

Recognizing this decline to blight, Dr. Edgar A. Posey, visionary pastor of Living Faith Apostolic Church, accepted the challenge to bring a positive change to its surrounding neighborhood. Hence, the vision of Faith Center International (or FCI) was birthed.

For over 20 years, Living Faith, through its development arm, MiraCit, has worked to revitalize the Mock Road community in northeast Columbus, Ohio.

With the support of its many public and private-sector partners, MiraCit has taken to task the seemingly impossible, by developing 300+ new and rehabilitated homes and apartments where blighted properties once stood; developing a stellar K-12 charter school, FCI Academy, and childcare center, FCI, Too Early Learning Academy; generating over 125 new jobs; developing the FCI Plaza shopping center and the new FCI Marketplace Save A Lot grocery; revitalizing its local parks with new walking trails, picnic shelters, and sports facilities; as well as addressing public service needs.

HOUSING INITIATIVES

A key element of MiraCit’s revitalization plan is the development of affordable and market rate housing to replace deteriorated housing stock, provide step up housing for growing families, and opportunities for first time homebuyers, renters and the elderly. Through MiraCit’s homebuyer program, scores of families have been able to realize the dream of homeownership. In partnership with local builders and co-developers, and with strong support from Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, 5 new housing subdivisions have been constructed, providing a major uplift to the neighborhood landscape as well as the perception of the neighborhood.